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iraq war but approaching the 2000 number as the president tries to wind that down. one other point to note since we're having this conversation about the candidates for president, lot of those veterans who are coming home from iraq and afghanistan, here's where they live. the darker the state, the higher the veteran population. you see a state like virginia, state like new hampshire with a higher percentage of population of veterans in some of the battleground states, important constituency. >> dan, on the trail, in stump speeches, does the president regularly talk about afghanistan? >> well, it's never the focus of the president's stump speech unless he is talking to veterans or he's in a region that's heavy military. what you hear from the president is this promise, this campaign promise that he made to not only end the war in iraq but also wind down the war in afghanistan, as john was just talking about, pulling out troops by the end of 2014, handing over security to the afghan forces. but there's still a lot of concern out there about whether or not the afghan forces can handle
'm saying he's responsible for failure in afghanistan and iraq. iraq is now disintegrating, al qaeda is coming back. we didn't leave a residual force in afghanistan, he overruled his military advisers on several occasions, including 30,000 instead of 40,000 for the surge and accelerated withdrawal dates and now we have a situation where taliban and our enemies know we are leaving, and the whole premise, was to train afghans to turn over these responsibilities to them, and leave. now how can we train and work with these people if so many them are killing americans we can't even train and operate with them? by that policy, it has been an abject failure. >> we'll talk more with senator mccain about domestic issues a bit later in the program. first, bob baer and fran townsend. fran, served as a member of the cia external advisory committee, and last month visited libya with her employer, mccannkancan forbes. he said that there were security concerns. >> we had a long conversation, especially with darna, to the east of benghazi, and he was aware of the increased threat. we talked about th
is responsible for the attacks in benghazi? >> no, he is responsible for our failure in afghanistan and iraq. we left iraq, and it is now disintegrating and al qaeda is coming back. we didn't leave a residual force, which we should have. and in afghanistan he overruled the military advisers on several occasions including 30,000 instead of 40,000 for the surge accelerating the withdrawal dates and now we have this situation where the taliban and our enemies know we are leaving and the whole premise was to train afghans in order that we could turn over these responsibilities to them and leave. now, how can we train and work with these people if so many of them are killing americans that we can't even train and operate with them? by that policy, has been an abject failure. >> we will talk with senator mccain about domestic issues, including the 47% statement. joining us now is fran townsend a cnn contributor who is a former cia security council advisory member. as i said, you met with ambassador stevens. he had told another source that he was on the al qaeda hit list, that there were security conce
opponent said that it was tragic to end the war in iraq. and he won't tell us how he'll end the war in afghanistan. well, i have and i will. and while my opponent would spend more money some military hardware that our joint chiefs don't even want, i will use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work, rebuilding roads and bridges and schools and runways, because after two wars, that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it's time to do some nation building right here at home. you can choose a future where we reduce our deficit without sticking it to the middle class. independent experts say that my plan would cut our deficit by $4 trillion. and last summer i worked with republicans in congress to cut a billion in spending because those of us who believe government should be a force for good should workarder than anyone to reform it so it's leaner and more efficient and more responsive to the american people. i want to reform the tax code so that simple, fair and ask the wealthiest households to pay tax on ov
? >> no, but i'm saying that he is responsible for our failure in afghanistan and iraq. we left iraq and it is now disintegrating and in afghanistan, oh overruled his advisers on several occasions. and now, we have this situation we are leaving and the whole premise was to train afghans in order that we could turn over these responsibilities to them. and now how can we train work with these people? so that prololicy has been a failure. >> we will talk more with senator mccain later on in the program. fran, as we mentioned serves as a member of the advisory comment. s committee. as i said, you met with ambassador stephens, he had told another source that he was on the al qaeda hit list and there were security concerns. >> you know we had a long conversation especially about darna and we talked about their increase in numbers and access to weapons. he suggested i go to bengazi. it was august 29th, less than two weeks before he was killed. the other thing worth mentioning, as senator mccain said to you, chris stephens was with the rebells and my take on the situation was that it was fra
dying in iraq and afghanistan, as it was barack obama's right. but i don't remember people criticizing either john kerry or barack obama for criticizing the bush and/or mccain foreign policy. in fact, in july 2008, nine servicemen were killed in one day in afghanistan. on that very day, barack obama weighed in to criticize george bush and john mccain's foreign policy. and i don't remember any of this media double standard saying to senator obama, isn't it inappropriate for you to criticize the foreign policy of the person you're running against? it's a double standard, anderson. >> is it the same thing, though? that's an ongoing war where, you know, if you say you can't comment on anything about an ongoing war that goes on for years at a time and you can make any statements. this is a thing where hours matter and we don't know if people are alive or dead. we don't know if the attack is going on. >> anderson, this has been a 20-year war against muslim terrorists who attack our country. they struck four times in the clinton administration, once in the bush administration and now once in
, iraq, morocco, gaza. at least 11 hotspots now including israel, iran, and the kashmir region by india. not just contained in the arab world anymore. the most dramatic and deadly eruption happened in the capital of yemen. take a look. protesters breaching a wall at the u.s. embassy with several thousand more chanting in the street. witnesses say police opened fire on the crowd, four protesters reported dead. officials say two dozen security officers were hurt as well. in cairo, meantime, at least 19 people were hurt in massive demonstrations there. demonstrations as we just showed have continued into the night. the crowd throwing rocks, molotov cocktails, police there you see responding with teargas. some protesters said they hadn't actuallicy the video, but they were outraged by reports about it the idea of it. muslim brotherhood, which controls the newly elected government. put out a statement targeting the filmmaker. it says "we denounce abuse of all messengers of god, prophets and apostles and condemn the heinous crime. we further call for the criminalization of assaults on the san
hand off to the terrorists they are presently sponsoring. >> look at iraq. we don't have a good track record of figuring out what capabilities people have. isn't having the weapon the only thing we can positively say. >> i'm not sure that is right. i don't know that we don't have good capability. a lot of the iranian scientists have been killed in iran. somebody had good information about who they were, where they were living. >> you are saying that we have been fuzzy and weak in our diplomacy but in fact, besides sanctions there's been an assassination campaign against iranian scientists and online virus -- >> the assassination campaign was from assad, not us. anderson, let's be clear about that. >> we don't know for sure who it was and the involvement. >> as far as we can tell it was from assad, not us. the reality is his approach to iran has been a conciliatory one. even the sanctions, which are stronger than they used to be, there are 20 exemptions from the sanctions, including china. >> do you see a big difference between what mitt romney would do? >> i see a very clear differenc
's a war zone like iraq and afghanistan, had it been in the early 2000s, then you send in the military, send in as many troops as you need. you just take over. but when you're trying to do that in a sovereign country or a country trying to gain its independence and stand up for itself, that's an extremely difficult situation to do that in. >> tom, from your experience, is it possible to have a thorough investigation without setting foot at a crime scene like this? >> it's still impossible to have a very good investigation and bob is correct, it would be nice to go in there and see what kind of armament was used and where, you know, how they actually took down those buildings. but on the other hand, if they go in there and they find and they do the explosive residue and send everything back to the lab to be examined and they find they've got munitions from the united states, from nato countries, from other countries, that's going to basically tell them nothing, because, because of the insurrection that led up to the overthrow of gadhafi. you have countries from all over the world, inclu
information he has no idea what he's talking about or bottom line, one person said this thing about iraq and nobody cared. why did i read a presidential daily brief that had to deal with all of this? why did i speak to intelligence official who's said this was an enormous problem they have to overcome. every ink single time ari hears a fact he doesn't like, it's partisan. you want to say clinton messed up, clinton messed up, you got it. clinton messed up in ways you haven't even brought up, ways that aren't even public yet, read my book. but the reality is, i am writing about the documents i obtained. ari wants me to run off and say i have to talk about democrats too. my article, just because it's based on documents i obtained, can't be about what happened. i am not a spin meister, he is, and he's not telling the truth. >> one final thought, and we got to go. >> i read the entire 9/11 commission report. >> so did i. >> i see how this is distorted. he wants to lead people to believe bush knew and didn't stop it. that's the fundamental argument is making. >> that's what the intelligence ag
, protests inem min, sudan, iraq, march oklahomore rockco. it is not just contained in the arab world. it is not just contained there. the most deadly happened in yemen. protesters breaching a wall at the u.s. embassy with several thousand more chanting in the street. police opened fire on the crowd. four protesters reported dead. two dozen security officers were hurt as well. in cairo, in the meantime, at least 19 people were hurt in massive demonstrations there, demonstrations that as we just showed have continued into the night. the crowd throwing rocks, molotov cocktails, police responding with tear gas. some protesters said they hadn't seen the anti-muslim video in question but were outraged by reports about it, by the idea of it. late today, egypt's muslim brotherhood, which controls the country's newly elected government put out a statement targeting the filmmaker. it says, we denounce abuse of all mess jers of god, prophets and apostles and condemn this heinous crime. otherwise, such acts will continue to cause devout muslims across the world to suspect and even loath the west
what he's talking out or willing to lie. he wants to say one person said this thing about iraq and nobody cared. well, then why did read a presidential daily brief that had to deal with all of this? why did i speak to intelligence officials who said, this was an enormous problem they have to overcome. every single time ari hears a fact he doesn't like, it's partisan. you want to say clinton messed up? clinton messed up, you got it. clinton messed up in ways you haven't brought up or aren't public yet. read my book. but the reality is, i am writing about the documents i obtained. ari wants me to say i have to talk about democrats too, because my article, just because it's based on documents i obtained, can't be about what happened. i am not a spinmeister. he is. >> and i'm somebody who read the entire 9/11 report -- >> so am i. >> and i see how it's disported that bush knew and didn't stop it. that's the fundamental argument he's making. it's a flawed reading of the 9/11 commission report. and no one else has done it except the truthers. if there was evidence, we would have rea
comment on that. but i remember when i was going in the early days of iraq, he had a huge security detail with him, blackwater folks. did the ambassador have that? >> anderson it's funny you should ask me this what was striking to me and i commented to him when he arrived. he arrived in an armored car and obviously with a driver. i didn't -- his security did not come in to the hotel with him to meet me. he had no visible security presence when he met me in tripoli. . he walked in he was greeted by other libyans who clearly recognized him at the hotel and came up to him very warmly and thanked him for u.s. assistance. but he had no visible security presence with him when he walked in. >> bob baer does that surprise you? >> absolutely. there's no way that man should have been without security, without western security. there is no libyan security to provide it and he should've had it. there were so many attacks, so many threats hanging over libya. frankly, there's no excuse for it. >> people say, though about him, he was a guy that liked to roll up his sleeves out
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